GENEVA – One tree was built out of old Girl Scout cookie boxes to support Geneva Girl Scouts. Ecker Center for Mental Health created a tree that looks like a mannequin, and Lazarus House’s tree is full of red hearts.
They are among 14 nonprofit groups that created Giving Trees to be displayed at the Geneva History Museum to promote their fundraising efforts. This is the seventh year the museum has hosted giving trees to support local charities, administrative assistant Vanessa Quillinan said.
People can vote for their favorite tree with tickets bought for $1 each at the museum, or online through the website www.genevahistorymuseum.org, Quillinan said.
“There are pictures of the trees online,” Quillinan said.
The organization that gets the most votes gets to keep all of the funds pledged through supporting their tree. The remaining organizations split the winnings with the museum.
Voting continues through Dec. 23.
Other organizations with Giving Trees are CASA Kane County, Cub Scout Pack 111, Exchange Club of the Tri-Cities, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, Geneva Kiwanis Club, the Geneva Women’s Club, The Joshua Tree Community, Marklund, Mutual Ground, Suicide Prevention Services and TriCity Family Services.